Five ways Windows 8 overhauls the PC
Windows 8 leads with tiles, apps, sync — and a learning curve, too
In 2009, J.J. Abrams rebooted the fictional Star Trek chronology and franchise. In 2011, DC Comics did the same with its superheroes. But now Microsoft is about to reboot the very real Windows operating system, and it will forever change how we use computers.
Windows 8 is Microsoft’s answer to the question of how to integrate mobile and desktop computing. For the most part, it succeeds, but it’s an ambitious answer that will be best understood only when many people to stop thinking of desktop and mobile as discrete entities.
Touch will drive Windows 8′s buzz, but it’s so much more. The biggest change in Windows 8 is that it is designed for touch screens, but that doesn’t mean that the keyboard and mouse are dead. In fact, to see that the opposite is true you have to look no further than the iPad. Apple’s dominating and innovative tablet owns its market, but it drives a booming business in third-party keyboard solutions.
Instead of being confined to a mouse, Microsoft is saying that personal computers — and mobile devices, for that matter — are moving toward a variety of control solutions. Touch is one of these, as is voice, but so are the traditional keyboard for lengthy document writing and the pointer. The two-button mouse as we know it may be dying, but it is hard to imagine a scenario where you’ll never want the precise control that … [Read more]
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